Brian Fikkert
Jul
28
12:00 pm12:00

Brian Fikkert

  • 1334 Longworth Building

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself

The Bible is quite clear that God has a special concern for people who are poor, and followers of Jesus Christ must show the same concern. We must act. We must do something. But how we go about working with poor people really matters, for good intentions are not enough. It is entirely possible to hurt poor people -- and ourselves -- in the very process of trying to do good. 

 Based on the author's best-selling book,  When Helping Hurts, this presentation explores the key principles for bringing lasting change to low-income individuals and communities.

Bill Haley
Sep
8
12:00 pm12:00

Bill Haley

The Hill as Your School of Spiritual Formation

The Rev. Bill Haley is Executive Director of Coracle and the Associate Rector at The Falls Church Anglican.  A graduate of Bethel College (1991) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (magna cum laude, 1994), he is an Anglican priest and spiritual director, having completed his training with the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation (2007). His life has been profoundly shaped by many international experiences, particularly in places of deep brokenness in the world, and he has devoted many years to ministering in urban contexts, especially in inner-city Washington DC. With his wife Tara and four kids, Bill lives at Corhaven in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

Since 1996 he has ministered with The Falls Church in a number of different capacities.  Bill was the founding Rector of St. Brendan’s in the City in Washington DC.  He recently served as the Director of Formation for The Washington Institute and  previously served as president of The Regeneration Forum and publisher of re:generation quarterly, a magazine devoted to “community transforming culture”.  He has also served on staff at the Servant Leadership School of Church of the Savior, was a founding board member and then President of the Southeast DC Partners, and is currently a US Trustee of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund and on the Advisory Council for The Telos Group. Because of such diverse experiences in life and around the world, and so many questions to ask, and so many things that matter, Bill’s life has been fired by the phrase “in Christ all things hold together.” He wants to be able to live and say with the same passion of St. Paul, “It is no longer I who live, it is Christ who lives in me.”

Bill publications include articles in The Washington Post,  re:generation quarterly, Prism and Sojourners magazines, Inward/Outward of The Servant Leadership School, The Cry of Word Made Flesh, and with The Washington Institute.   He has compiled several original editions of poetry and prayers. His interests include outdoor sports, especially fly-fishing, the visual arts and music, reading, writing, and long conversations over a good cup of coffee (or wine).

Joe Loconte
Oct
27
12:00 pm12:00

Joe Loconte

  • TBD

The Luther Option: How Martin Luther's Reformation Transformed the World

In recognition of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Dr. Joseph Loconte will address Faith & Law on "How Martin Luther's Reformation Transformed the World."  As the lecture title suggests, Loconte will gently push back against Rod Drehr's "Benedict Option."  One of the first things Luther did as he secured his position in Germany was to abolish all of the monastic orders.  Locate will explain why Luther chose this course of action.

Joseph Loconte, PhD, is an Associate Professor of History at The King’s College in New York City, where he teaches courses on Western Civilization, American Foreign Policy, and International Human Rights. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918(Harper Collins, 2015) and winner of the 2017 Best Article award from the Tolkien Society for his article How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front.

Mr. Loconte previously served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, where he taught on religion and public policy. He was a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and from 1999-2006 he held the first chair in religion and civil society as the William E. Simon Fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

Mr. Loconte’s other books include: God, Locke, and Liberty: The Struggle for Religious Freedom in the West(Lexington Books, 2014); The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt (Thomas Nelson, 2012); The End of Illusions: Religious Leaders Confront Hitler’s Gathering Storm (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004); and Seducing the Samaritan: How Government Contracts Are Reshaping Social Services (The Pioneer Institute, 1997).

Mr. Loconte’s commentary on religion and public life appears in the nation’s leading media outlets, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the National Interest, the Weekly Standard, and National Review. He is also a regular contributor to the London-based Standpoint and the Huffington Post. For 10 years he served as a commentator for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

Mr. Loconte has testified before Congress on international human rights and served as a human rights expert on the 2005 Congressional Task Force on the United Nations, contributing to its final report, “American Interests and U.N. Reform.” From 2001-2003, he was an informal advisor to the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. More recently, he was a speechwriter for British MP Andrew Mitchell, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development. He now serves as a senior fellow at the Trinity Forum and as an affiliated scholar at the John Jay Institute.

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Mr. Loconte divides his time between New York City and Washington, D.C.


Michael Wear
Jul
21
12:00 pm12:00

Michael Wear

  • HC-8, U.S. Capitol Building

How Our Politics is Harming Our Spirit

Michael Wear shares ideas from his recent book, Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America. He suggests the “state of our politics is a reflection of the state of our souls,” and urges a renewal of Christian intention in public things. 

Michael Wear is the founder of Public Square Strategies LLC, and a leading expert and strategist at the intersection of faith, politics and American public life. As one of President Obama's "ambassadors to America's believers" (Buzzfeed), Michael directed faith outreach for President Obama’s historic 2012 re-election campaign. Michael was also one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history: he served in the White House faith-based initiative during President Obama’s first term, where he led evangelical outreach and helped manage The White House’s engagement on religious and values issues, including adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts.

Today, Public Square Strategies LLC is a sought-after firm that helps religious organizations, political organizations, businesses and others effectively navigate the rapidly changing American religious and political landscape.

Michael is the author of Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America. He also writes for The Atlantic, Christianity Today, USA Today, Relevant Magazine and other publications on faith, politics and culture. He serves on the national board of Bethany Christian Services, the nation's largest adoption agency, and holds an honorary position at the University of Birmingham’s Cadbury Center for the Public Understanding of Religion. Michael and his wife, Melissa, are both proud natives of Buffalo, New York. They now reside in Washington, D.C.

Please RSVP to rsvpfaithandlaw@gmail.com by July 20th.

The Trials and Tribulations of Living an Ethical Life on Capitol Hill:  Lessons from Capitol Hill Veterans
Jul
7
12:00 pm12:00

The Trials and Tribulations of Living an Ethical Life on Capitol Hill: Lessons from Capitol Hill Veterans

Faith & Law will host a panel of Capitol Hill Veterans, moderated by John Palafoutas, founder of Faith & Law, to explore the "Trials and Tribulations of Living an Ethical Life on Capitol Hill."  These former senior staffers will share their stories of success and failure as they navigated the ethical waters of the Hill.     

Panelists include:

Arne Christenson, former Chief of Staff to then Speaker Newt Gingrich

Katherine Haley, former Chief Policy Adviser for then Speaker of the House John Boehner

Cherie Harder, former Policy Advisor to then Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist

Kerry Knott, former Chief of Staff to then Majority Leader Dick Armey

Former Congressman Joe Pitts
Jun
16
12:00 pm12:00

Former Congressman Joe Pitts

  • 2325 Rayburn House Office Building

Staying the Course: Stories and Wisdom from 44 Years of Faith in Politics

Congressman Joe Pitts served in the United States House of Representatives for 20 years and before that served for 24 years in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives.  He retired in 2017 as a respected statesman known for his strong Christian faith and his commitment to advancing Judeo-Christian values in government and society.  

Joe Pitts now offers his wisdom and experience to the next generation through Asbury University's Joe Pitts Center for Public Affairs.  The Pitts Center is designed to educate, motivate, and launch young, conservative Christians into the field of public service.  It will emphasize three core causes, which are the longstanding passions of Congressman Pitts:  humanitarian relief, human trafficking and religious liberties.

Having served on the frontline of the culture and legislative wars of the last 40 years, Joe has a unique insight into the proper role of Christians in public life and government and how to effectively advocate for our religious freedoms and values.  His views on biblical Christian citizenship and how we, as believers, should engage with our government to protect our rights are desperately needed in this current cultural and political climate.

 

Dr. Jay Jakub
Jun
2
12:00 pm12:00

Dr. Jay Jakub

"Jubilee Economics:  A More Complete Form of Capitalism"

Dr. Jay Jakub has just released a new book, with Bruno Roche, entitled, "Completing Capitalism: Heal Business to Heal the World."  This work has been hailed as "A major breakthrough on creating an economy that works for all."

Jay is the Senior Director for External Research at Catalyst, serving Catalyst in multiple capacities.  First, he functions as the ‘COO’ of the team, assisting the Managing Director in all facets of management and planning.  In his external research capacity, he line manages those charged with leading Catalyst’s quantitative and qualitative research programs, and he oversees / leads the recruitment and management of the unit’s large and growing stable of multidisciplinary external partners (fellows) from academia, international organizations, NGOs, other think tanks, etc.   Finally, Jay co-manages Catalyst's Mutuality Lab and line manages the director of the Culture Lab.  His doctorate is from Oxford University, St. John's College, and prior to joining Mars Catalyst at the start of 2007, he spent nearly two decades in various government positions in the US executive and legislative branches. He is married to Eleni with whom he has two teenage children.  Jay is based in the Mars, Incorporated global headquarters in McLean, Virginia outside Washington, D.C..  

Dr. Kent R. Hill
May
19
12:00 pm12:00

Dr. Kent R. Hill

  • HC-8, the Capitol

The title of this lecture is, "The Future of Christianity in the Middle East and How to Deal with Violent Islamic Extremism."

With massive displacements of Christians in Iraq and Syria, and recent violence against the Copts in Egypt, will Christianity survive in the Middle East? Kent Hill will provide a brief survey of Christianity in the Middle East. Then, with a special focus on what it will take to undermine violent Islamic extremism, he will address how Christians in the west can help. A particular area he will consider is whether the core problem is extremism or Islam itself. Without addressing this issue, Dr. Hill believes a way forward will not be found.  

Kent Hill joined the Religious Freedom Insitute after six years as Senior Vice President at World Vision, one of the largest faith-based relief and development organizations in the world. He also served for eight years as Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), responsible for U.S. foreign assistance to Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and, subsequently, all USAID health programs worldwide. Earlier in his career, Dr. Hill was President of Eastern Nazarene College, and President of D.C.'s Institute on Religion and Democracy. In 2010, as a Vice President at the John Templeton Foundation, Hill, along with Tom Farr, conceived Georgetown's Religious Freedom Project and secured funding to launch the project. Dr. Hill has published a book on Christianity and the Soviet Union. His Ph.D. is from the University of Washington.

Daniel Dreisbach
May
12
12:00 pm12:00

Daniel Dreisbach

  • 385 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC

Professor Dreisbach earned a doctor of philosophy degree from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia. His principal research interests include American constitutional law and history, First Amendment law, church-state relations, and criminal procedure. He has authored or edited ten books and numerous articles in scholarly journals. Among the courses he teaches are Introduction to Law, American Legal Culture, Issues in Civil Justice, Law and Religion, and the Constitution and Criminal Procedure. Professor Dreisbach is a past recipient of American University’s highest faculty award: Scholar/Teacher of the Year.

Former Congressman Frank Wolf
Apr
28
12:00 pm12:00

Former Congressman Frank Wolf

  • 2325 Rayburn House Office Building

Congressman Frank Wolf is Distinguished Senior Fellow of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative.  He was elected to Congress in 1981 and served Virginia’s 10th District for 17 terms.  Wolf authored the International Religious Freedom Act and legislation to create a U.S. State Department special envoy to advocate for religious minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia.  The founder and co-chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Wolf’s honors include the 2015 Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at Baylor University, the Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights, and the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview’s William Wilberforce Award.

Dr. Calvin Beisner
Mar
24
12:00 pm12:00

Dr. Calvin Beisner

Caring for Creation, Caring for the Poor: A Biblical, Scientific, and Economic Perspective on Climate and Energy Policy.

E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D., is spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation and an author and speaker on the application of the biblical world view, theology, and ethics to economics, government, and environmental policy. He has testified as an expert witness on the ethics and economics of climate and energy policy before congressional committees, delivered a paper on the subject for the Pontifical Institute for Justice and Peace, and lectured on it for five of the International Conferences on Climate Change. He has published over ten books and hundreds of articles, contributed to or edited dozens of others, and been a guest on television and radio programs. A former seminary and Christian college professor and church planter, he has spoken to churches, universities, conferences, and other groups around the country for nearly thirty years.

Dr. Beisner will discuss arguments about the causes, magnitude, and risks of climate change. He will review the human contribution to global warming and argue that it is likely to be more beneficial than harmful. He will also address expectations that the Trump Administration will pursue a very different course on climate and energy than the Obama Administration and suggest how Christians, well informed by Biblical worldview as well as sound science and economics, should approach the issue.

Mindy Belz
Mar
10
12:00 pm12:00

Mindy Belz

  • 342 Dirksen Building Washington, DC

As the editor of World magazine and writer for the publication since 1986, Mindy has covered war in the Balkans, Sudan, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan and has given on-the-ground news coverage from Nigeria, Egypt, Turkey, and elsewhere. Her reporting has been published in the United States and overseas and been featured in publications such as The Weekly Standard. Mindy has appeared on national television and radio talk shows and speaks frequently about persecution and survival in the Middle East. Belz and her husband have four children and live in Asheville, NC.

Fred Barnes
Feb
24
12:00 pm12:00

Fred Barnes

  • HC-8, The Capitol Washington, DC

Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard, which he cofounded in 1995. From 1985 to 1995, he was senior editor and White House correspondent for the New Republic. He covered the Supreme Court and the White House for the Washington Star before moving to the Baltimore Sun in 1979. He served as the national political correspondent for the Sun and wrote the "Presswatch" media column for the American Spectator.

Barnes appears regularly on the Fox News Channel. From 1988 to 1998 he was a regular panelist on the McLaughlin Group. He has also appeared on NightlineMeet the Press, Face the Nation, and the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

Barnes graduated from the University of Virginia and was a Neiman Fellow at Harvard University.

Os Guinness
Jan
27
12:00 pm12:00

Os Guinness

  • HC-8, The Capitol Washington, DC


Guinness is a senior fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics in Oxford. His lecture is entitled: "Exodus: The master story of American freedom." Most supporters and critics of the slogan "Make America Great Again" assume that they know what once made America great, and what made America in the first place. Yet most, in fact, are wrong, and the answer is a surprising tribute to the Reformation on the occasion of its 500th anniversary.

Patrick Trueman
Dec
9
12:00 pm12:00

Patrick Trueman

  • H-139

As president of the National Center of Sexual Exploitation, Patrick Trueman spearheads efforts to change corporate policies that facilitate sexual exploitation through the Dirty Dozen List. This aggressive project, educates executives, galvanizes public attention, and spurs popular actions to defend human dignity. Under his leadership, NCOSE has produced policy improvements at a wide range of notable institutions, including Google, Wal-Mart, the Department of Justice, Verizon, the Federal Communications Commission, and more.

In 2015, Mr. Trueman established the NCOSE Law Center, which serves as a resource for legal efforts to combat illegal pornography, sexually oriented businesses, and to bring innovative lawsuits against public institutions facilitating sexual exploitation. In 2010, he founded PornHarmsResearch.com to provide peer-reviewed research and talking points on the harms of pornography.

On a global level, Mr. Trueman leads NCOSE’s Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation, an international coalition, which boasts nearly 300 organizations and academic experts who are committed to sharing strategies and resources for combating public & private harms caused by pornography.

Patrick Trueman is a former Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division at the U. S. Department of Justice from 1988 to 1993. While there, he supervised the prosecution of child sex crimes, child pornography, and obscenity. He managed an office of twenty of prosecutors and support staff, and worked with the nation’s ninety-three United States Attorneys to initiate and coordinate federal prosecutions.

During his 37 years as a lawyer, he litigated cases at all levels of the federal system, including in the United States Supreme Court. He has been an advisor to many municipalities on First Amendment law and has helped draft ordinances to end or curb the impact of sexually oriented businesses such as pornography shops, strip clubs, and related establishments. A recognized international expert, Mr. Trueman has traveled to Europe, South American, the Middle East, and other areas to speak about human trafficking or the effects of television sex and violence on the family.

Mr. Trueman served as chief of staff to a Member of the United States Congress. From 1976 to 1982, he was Executive Director and General Counsel to Americans United for Life, a national public interest law firm in Chicago. He lives just outside Washington, D.C., and is married to Laura Clay Trueman. Laura and Pat Trueman have three children, Patrick, Claire, and Elizabeth.

Pete Wehner - Postponed
Oct
21
12:00 pm12:00

Pete Wehner - Postponed

  • H-139

Peter Wehner is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He writes widely on political, cultural, religious, and national-security issues. He has written for numerous publications—including the New York TimesWall Street JournalWashington PostFinancial Times, the Weekly StandardCommentaryNational AffairsChristianity Today and Time magazine. In 2015 he was named a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. He has also appeared as a commentator on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN television and appears frequently on national talk radio programs. In 2011 Forbes magazine featured Mr. Wehner on a short list of conservatism’s leading “educators and practitioners of first principles.” He was described this way: “Author, commentator, problem solver, prolific, daily provider of concise, reasoned, artful analysis and argument; gentle giant of a thinker at the intersection of politics and policy.” He has been named by several magazines as one of the handful of most influential reform-minded conservatives.

Mr. Wehner served in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush Administrations prior to becoming deputy director of speechwriting for President George W. Bush. In 2002, he was asked to head the Office of Strategic Initiatives, where he generated policy ideas, reached out to public intellectuals, published op-eds and essays, and provided counsel on a range of domestic and international issues. He was also a senior adviser to the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign.

Mr. Wehner is author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era (co-authored with Michael J. Gerson) and Wealth and Justice: The Morality of Democratic Capitalism (co-authored with Arthur C. Brooks).

Dr. Sebastian Gorka
Sep
30
12:00 pm12:00

Dr. Sebastian Gorka

  • H-139

Sebastian L. Gorka, Ph.D. serves as the Vice President and Professor of Strategy and Irregular Warfare at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC. Previously, he was the Major General Matthew C. Horner Distinguished Chair of Military Theory at Marine Corps University where he provided courses and lectures on Irregular Warfare. Before that, he was Associate Dean of Congressional Affairs and Relations to the Special Operations Community at National Defense University.

He is an internationally recognized authority on issues of national security, irregular warfare, terrorism and democratization and has testified before Congress and briefed the CIA, ODNI, NCTC, NIC, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. His website,TheGorkaBriefing.com, is a collection of his national security commentary and analysis. He served as a subject matter expert for the Office of the US Attorney in Boston for the Tsarnaev trial.

Dr. Gorka is an Adjunct Professor with USSOCOM’s Joint Special Operations University where he serves as Lead Instructor for the Special Operations Combating Terrorism (SOCbT) course, as well as the interagency and senior/executive counterterrorism courses. He is also an Adjunct Professor in National Security at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, and is a regular instructor with the US Army’s Special Warfare Center and School in Fort Bragg and for the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division.

Dr. Gorka has advised the Office of the Secretary of Defense regarding the draft guidance for US Strategic Communications and was consulted by USSOCOM during the drafting of the new Joint Operating Concept for Irregular Warfare. He is currently heading up a strategic support project for US Army Special Operations Command as part of Lt. General Charles Cleveland’s Army Special Operations Forces 2022 initiative. Dr. Gorka is a recipient of the Department of Defense Joint Civilian Service Commendation, awarded by US Special Operation Command.

Dr. Gorka currently serves as the Chairman of the Threat Knowledge Group (ThreatKnowledge.org) based in McLean, VA, which provides high-level training and analysis at the strategic and operational level to those in the Defense, Intelligence, Law Enforcement and Homeland Security communities. He is the co-author of the public TKG reports, “ISIS: The Threat to the United States,” and “The Islamic State and Information Warfare: Defeating ISIS and the Broader Global Jihadist Movement.”

Previously, he served as the founding Director of the Institute for Transitional Democracy and International Security, the Director for the Center for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy, and the Director and Military Affairs Fellow for the National Security Fellowship Program at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He spent four years on the faculty of the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall Center in Germany. Dr. Gorka worked as an analyst at the Rand Corporation and was a member of the Strategic Advisers Group on the Atlantic Council of the United States.

He has published in excess of 140 monographs, book chapters and articles, many for the JANES Group of the UK, and Special Warfare, the official publication of US Army Special Operations Command. Along with Dr. Chris Harmon and the late COL Nick Pratt (USMC), he was contributor and co-editor of Toward a Grand Strategy Against Terrorism (McGraw Hill). With Dr. David Kilcullen, he co-authored a study of Al Qaeda’s use of strategic communications for the Praeger title, Influence Warfare. His new book, Defeating Jihad: How America can win the war against radical Islam quickly and decisively using a secret Cold War strategy, will be published in 2016. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the Council for Emerging National Security Affairs (CENSA).

Dr. Gorka holds a Ph.D. in political science from Corvinus University in Budapest with his dissertation on “The Evolution of Terrorism: The Difference Between Cold War Political Violence and al Qaeda.” He was a Kokkalis Fellow at Harvard’s J. F. Kennedy School of Government focusing on public policy and international security, as well as an International Research Fellow at the NATO Defense College. He earned his Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy at Budapest University and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of London.

Dr. Gorka was born in the UK to parents who escaped Communism during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and is fluent in Hungarian with working knowledge of German and French. In the UK, he served with 22 Company of the Intelligence and Security Group (V) of the British Territorial Army reserve but is now a proud American. He is married to Katharine Cornell Gorka, President of the Threat Knowledge Group as well as the Council on Global Security.

Dr. Pat Fagan
Sep
16
12:00 pm12:00

Dr. Pat Fagan

  • H-139

Dr. Pat Fagan is from Dublin, Ireland, where he trained as a psychologist before practicing in Canada for five years as a child, family and marriage therapist. He came American University to pursue doctoral studies in clinical psychology, but on discovering that a federally funded program was undermining the family life of one of his clients he concluded that the bigger madness was on Capitol Hill, and switched fields. He gradually learned to use the social sciences in the public discourse while working at The Free Congress Foundation, then for Senator Dan Coats of Indiana, then as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Family and Community Policy at HHS under President George Herbert Bush, and later at the Heritage Foundation as their first Fellow in Family and Culture Studies. After 13 years there he went to Family Research Council to found The Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI.us) there. Rather than writing books on social science findings (which only a small number would purchase and even smaller number would read), instead launched the online encyclopedia Marripedia.org which has generates thousands of hits per month. Pat contends that the social sciences well done cannot but illustrate the way God made man and thus are a great ally to those who uphold natural law while being a powerful threat to those who advocate the violation of natural law. MARRI, with the full support of FRC, has recently moved to The Catholic University of America to expand its work there.

Thomas Farr
Jul
29
12:00 pm12:00

Thomas Farr

  • H-139 US Capitol

Thomas F. Farr is President of the Religious Freedom Institute, an NGO committed to achieving worldwide acceptance of religious liberty as a fundamental human right, the cornerstone of a successful society, and a source of national and international security.

Farr is also Associate Professor of the Practice of Religion and International Affairs at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and Director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown’s Berkley Center. He is a senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, N.J, and a senior fellow at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University.

A graduate of Mercer University, with a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina, Dr. Farr has served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Foreign Service. He has taught history at the U.S. Military Academy and international relations at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He was a State Department advisor to the American delegation during U.S.-Soviet arms control talks in Geneva, and led an interagency task force to draft verification provisions for the START II Treaty.

Between 1999 and 2003 Farr was the founding director of the State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom. He has served as director of the Witherspoon Institute's Task Force on International Religious Freedom, a member of the Chicago World Affairs Council’s Task Force on Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy, and a member of the Secretary of State’s working group on International Religious Freedom, Democracy, and Stability. Farr teaches regularly at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute in Washington DC, and is currently a consultant to the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference.

Dr. Farr is a contributing editor for the Review of Faith and International Affairs and of Providence: A Journal of Christianity and Foreign Policy. His work has appeared in many edited volumes, law journals, magazines, and newspapers, including the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, First Things, America Magazine, New York Times, and the Washington Post. He has appeared on PBS, America Abroad, Book TV, Al Jazeera, Alhurra, Fox News, EWTN, CBN, and many radio outlets. His first book, World of Faith and Freedom: Why International Religious Liberty is Vital to American National Security, was published by Oxford University Press.

Dr. Farr serves on the Administrative Board of Aid to the Church in Need; the Boards of Directors of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, Christian Solidarity Worldwide-USA, and the St. Veronica’s Rangers; and the Boards of Advisors of the Alexander Hamilton Society and the National Museum of American Religion. He has been recognized for lifetime contributions to religious freedom by the group In Defense of Christians, and is a recipient of the Jan Karski Wellspring of Freedom Award, presented by the Institute on Religion and Public Policy.

Dr. Farr’s wife, Margaret McPherson Farr, is a watercolor artist. They are Roman Catholics and have three daughters and ten grandchildren.

Joseph Loconte
Jun
17
12:15 pm12:15

Joseph Loconte

  • Dirksen Building #342 Washington, DC, 20002

Please join us for a lecture by Joseph Loconte. The topic of his lecture will be: "Tolkien, Lewis, and the Great War."

Joseph Loconte, PhD, is an associate professor of history at the King's College in New York City, where he teaches courses on Western Civilization and American foreign policy. He is the author of The End of Illusions: Religious Leaders Confront Hitler's Gathering Storm and, most recently, The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt. He writes widely about international human rights, religious freedom, and the role of faith in U.S. foreign policy. His commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and National Public Radio.

Loconte is also the author of A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918.

Colin Moran
May
13
12:00 pm12:00

Colin Moran

  • 1539 Longworth HOB Washington, DC 20515

Colin Moran has a B.A. from Duke University, an M. Stud. from Oxford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. He worked from 1997-1999 as an investment banking associate at Goldman Sachs. From 1999-2005 he was an associate and then partner at Chieftain Capital. In 2006, he founded Abdiel Capital, a $400 million private investment fund that seeks to deliver attractive absolute returns and outperform the U.S. equity markets. He currently sits on the boards of First Things and the Chiaroscuro Foundation.

John Inazu
Apr
29
12:00 pm12:00

John Inazu

  • 1539 Lonworth HOB Washington, DC, 20515

John Inazu is a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis and the author of “Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference” (University of Chicago Press, 2016). He is a member of the board of trustees of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Yuval Levin
Mar
4
12:00 pm12:00

Yuval Levin

Yuval Levin is the editor of National Affairs. He is also the Hertog Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a senior editor of The New Atlantis, and a contributing editor to National Review and the Weekly Standard. He has been a member of the White House domestic policy staff (under President George W. Bush), executive director of the President’s Council on Bioethics, and a congressional staffer. His essays and articles have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and First Things. He holds a BA from American University and a PhD from the University of Chicago.

Amy Orr-Ewing - cancelled due to weather
Jan
22
12:00 pm12:00

Amy Orr-Ewing - cancelled due to weather

  • U.S. Capitol

Amy Orr-Ewing is EMEA Director for RZIM, and Director of Programmes for the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA).

Amy is a passionate exponent of a rational Christian response to many of the pressing cultural issues of the day, bringing her formidable theological knowledge to bear on a wide variety of subjects. She gained a first class degree in Theology at Christ Church, Oxford University, before receiving a Master’s in Theology from King’s College London. She is currently working on her Doctoral Thesis at Oxford University looking at the work of Dorothy L Sayers.

Amy has written two books exploring key questions in apologetics: Why Trust the Bible? and But Is It Real?. Her most recent publication is Millennials, which she co-authored with her husband Frog. They have also published Holy Warriors: A Fresh Look at the Face of Extreme Islam and Deep. She has contributed to the books Beyond Opinion, God and the Generations and Worth Knowing: Wisdom for Women.

Amy speaks and lectures on Christian Apologetics worldwide, at events such as Keswick and Alpha International, and on University campuses including Oxford, Cambridge, Vienna, and Hong Kong. Amy has been invited to speak in the White House, and on Capitol Hill, as well as the Speakers Rooms in the UK Parliament.  Amy and her husband Frog lead a church in Buckinghamshire called Latimer Minster, which they planted in 2010.

Dr. Hadley Arkes
Nov
20
12:00 pm12:00

Dr. Hadley Arkes

  • 1539 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC

Hadley Arkes has been a member of the Amherst College faculty since 1966, and since 1987 he has been the Edward Ney Professor of  Jurisprudence.  He has written five books with Princeton University press:  Bureaucracy, the Marshall Plan, and the National Interest (1972), The Philosopher in the City (1981),First Things (1986), Beyond the Constitution (1990), and The Return of George Sutherland (1994).  But his most recent books have been with Cambridge University Press, including Natural Rights and the Right to Choose (2002), and Constitutional Illusions & Anchoring Truths:  The Touchstone of the Natural Law  (2010).  His articles have appeared in professional journals, but apart from his writing in more scholarly formats, he has become known to a wider audience through his writings in the Wall Street JournalThe Weekly Standard, and National Review.  Professor Arkes has been a contributor, also, to First Things, a journal that took its name from his book of that title. For eight years he wrote a column  for Crisis magazine under the title of "Lifewatch," and he has carried over that concern as one of the band of friends who formed the new web journal The Catholic Thing.   

He was the main advocate, and architect, of the bill that became known as the Born-Alive Infants' Protection Act.  The account of his experience, in moving the bill through Congress, is contained as an epilogue or memoir in his book, Natural Rights & the Right to Choose.  Arkes first prepared his proposal as part of the debating kit assembled for the first George Bush in 1988.    The purpose of that proposal was to offer the "most modest first step" of all in legislating on abortion, and opening a conversation even with people who called themselves "pro-choice."   Professor Arkes proposed to begin simply by preserving the life of a child who survived an abortion-contrary to the holding of one federal judge, that such a child was not protected by the laws.   Professor Arkes led the testimony on the bill before the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House in July 2000, then again in July 2001.   The legislative calendar was upended in the aftermath of September 11th, but in March 2002, the bill was brought to the floor of the House, where it passed unanimously.   To  the surprise of Professor Arkes, the bill was brought to the floor of the Senate on July 18 by the Deputy Majority Leader, Harry Reid, and passed in the same way.

On August 5, President Bush signed the bill into law with Professor Arkes in attendance. Professor Arkes has been the founder, at Amherst, of the Committee for the American Founding, a group of alumni and students seeking to preserve, at Amherst, the doctrines of  "natural rights" taught by the American Founders and Lincoln.  That interest has been carried over now to the founding of a new center for the jurisprudence of natural law, in Washington, D.C.: the James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights and the American Founding, named for one of the premier minds among the American Founders. Professor Arkes has drawn to this project a cluster of accomplished federal judges who have wanted to get a firmer hold on the natural law, and brought them together with some gifted teachers of philosophy and law.  The new institute will be sponsoring lectures and seminars in Washington and other parts of the country.  In this project his Amherst group has taken the lead, but they are joined now in support by the Alliance Defending Freedom.  The purpose of this new James Wilson Institute is to teach anew, to lawyers, judges, and students those principles of law that furnished the guide to the American Founders as they set about framing a Constitution.  And the hope is to restore, to a new generation, the furnishings of mind of the men who formed this regime.

Dr. Bill Hurlbut
Nov
6
12:00 pm12:00

Dr. Bill Hurlbut

  • 1539 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC, 20515 United States

William B. Hurlbut, MD, is a Consulting Professor of Neurobiology at the Stanford Medical School. After receiving his undergraduate and medical training at Stanford University, he completed postdoctoral studies in theology and medical ethics, studying with Robert Hamerton-Kelly, the Dean of the Chapel at Stanford, and subsequently with the Rev. Louis Bouyer of the Institut Catholique de Paris.

His primary areas of interest involve the ethical issues associated with advancing biomedical technology, the biological basis of moral awareness, and studies in the integration of theology with the philosophy of biology. He is the author of numerous publications on science and ethics including the co-edited volume Altruism and Altruistic Love: Science, Philosophy, and Religion in Dialogue (2002, Oxford University Press), and “Science, Religion and the Human Spirit” in the Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science (2008). He was also co-chair of two interdisciplinary faculty projects at Stanford University, “Becoming Human: The Evolutionary Origins of Spiritual, Religious, and Moral Awareness” and “Brain, Mind, and Emergence.”

In addition to teaching at Stanford, he has also worked with NASA on projects in astrobiology and was a member of the Chemical and Biological Warfare Working group at the Center for International Security and Cooperation. From 2002-2009 Dr. Hurlbut served on the President’s Council on Bioethics. He is the author of “Altered Nuclear Transfer” (2005, Stem Cell Reviews) a proposed technological solution to the moral controversy over embryonic stem cell research. 

Michael Cromartie
Oct
23
12:00 pm12:00

Michael Cromartie

  • 1539 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC, 20515 United States

"What Now?  Faithful Living in Challenging Times"

Michael Cromartie is Vice President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he directs both the Evangelicals in Civic Life and Faith Angle Forum programs. His area of expertise includes issues at the cross-section of religion and politics.

Mr. Cromartie has contributed book reviews and articles to many prominent publications, including First Things, the Washington PostChristianity Today, and World magazine. Mr. Cromartie has also appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, NBC’s Evening News with Brian Williams, ABC World News Tonight, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, and the PBS news program The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

Mr. Cromartie is the editor of fifteen books, including Religion and Politics in AmericaReligion, Culture, and International Conflict; and A Public Faith: Evangelicals and Civic Engagement.

A senior advisor to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and a senior fellow with The Trinity Forum, he is also an advisory editor of Christianity Today magazine.

On September 20, 2004, Mr. Cromartie was appointed by President George W. Bush to a six-year term on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, where he was later twice elected chairman.

Mr. Cromartie is a graduate of Covenant College (GA), and holds an M.A. in Justice from The American University in Washington, D.C.

Rod Dreher
Oct
9
12:00 pm12:00

Rod Dreher

  • Cannon House Office Building Caucus Room # 345

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York PostThe Dallas Morning NewsNational Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street JournalCommentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in St. Francisville, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written three books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming and Crunchy Cons and How Dante Can Save Your Life.

Os Guinness
Sep
11
12:00 pm12:00

Os Guinness

  • United States Capitol (HVC - 200)

Please join us on Friday, September 11, at noon for a lunch time lecture by Author Os Guinness in HVC-200.  The topic of his lecture will be"Christian Courage and the Challenges of Our Times."

Os Guinness is one of today's leading Christian thinkers and authors. He has written or edited more than thirty books, including The CallTime for TruthLong Journey Home,Unspeakable, A Free People's SuicideThe Global Public Square, and Renaissance. His latest book is Fool's Talk - The Recovery of Christian Persuasion, which was published by InterVarsity Press in June, 2015.

Os is currently a Senior Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics in Oxford, England.  

Rep. Vicky Hartzler
Jul
10
12:00 pm12:00

Rep. Vicky Hartzler

Growing up on a farm in rural Cass County, Vicky Hartzler learned the value of hard work, family values, and a reliance on God for all that is good.  As a graduate of Archie High School, the University of Missouri, and the University of Central Missouri where she graduated top of her class, and as a public school teacher for 11 years, she appreciates the value of quality education in our schools.  As a small business owner with her husband and as a former Chairperson of the Missouri Women’s Council, she understands what it takes to create jobs and grow our economy.  And, as a daughter of a U.S Army Reservist, she cannot think of a higher mission as a nation than to provide for the common defense.

Vicky proudly represents the good people of Missouri’s 4th Congressional District which is comprised of 24 counties in West-Central Missouri, serving on the House Armed Services, Agriculture, and Budget Committees.  In the 114th Congress she was named Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee to oversee the Administration’s defense policies and ensure accountability within the Department of Defense.

As a House freshman in 2011, Vicky took on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) which had ordered the destruction of 1,200 homes and other structures at the Lake of the Ozarks as part of its approval of a Shoreline Management Plan needed to operate the hydroelectric plant at the Lake.  Her refusal to back down led FERC to rescind the order.

Through her service on the House Armed Services Committee, Vicky has been instrumental in passing legislation that prioritizes national defense, including leading efforts to restore $30 billion in scheduled defense cuts.

In 2013, Vicky helped craft a Farm Bill which cuts spending and eliminates unnecessary programs while still expanding markets for American agriculture products, encouraging agriculture research, and providing a low-level safety net to ensure America’s food security.

Vicky’s Public service began in 1994 with her election as a Missouri State Representative, where she championed efforts to update Missouri’s adoption laws. 

Vicky, Lowell, and their daughter, Tiffany, reside on a working farm near Harrisonville in Cass County.